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Festival of Steam

Jul 19, 2019, 5:00 pm
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The largest, most powerful operating steam locomotive on the planet Earth pulls into the Lake Superior Railroad Museum at the Depot in Duluth on July 19. Union Pacific No. 4014, known as the Big Boy, highlights the museum’s inaugural Festival of Steam July 19-21.

The Festival of Steam will include the arrival and display of this megalith of railroad history and will also feature the museum’s operating steam locomotive DM&IR #332 pulling Duluth Zephyr trains Saturday and Sunday. Featuring first-class food service in the Lake of the Isles dining car and premier seating in the Silver Club dome car, tickets are available at duluthtrains.com.

Other engines from the museum’s historic train collection will be on display outside as well. Entrance to the festival to see Big Boy No. 4014, tours of Union Pacific’s Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car and the outdoor exhibits are free. There will also be festival foods, a craft beer garden, live music, free kid’s activities and official Union Pacific and LSRM merchandise for sale.

The St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center, the Depot, will be open for the usual fee. Admission includes two other museums, three art galleries and the Lake Superior RR Museum, which houses the world’s second-largest, most powerful steam engine ever built, the DM&IR #227 Mallet.

Big Boy Event Schedule
* Friday, July 19
Big Boy No. 4014 arrival at approximately 5 p.m.
* Saturday, July 20
Festival of Steam from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
LSRM Gala Fundraiser from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
* Sunday, July 21
Festival of Steam from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Big Boy No. 4014 departs from the Depot

The LSRM Gala Fundraiser will benefit the Lake Superior Railroad Museum Foundation and includes; VIP tours of the Big Boy, admission to the museum, food stations featuring recipes from the Union Pacific Dining Cars of the 1940s, host bar, champagne in the car Northland and live music. The highlight will be wine-tasting tours of the Union Pacific’s executive cars that are coming to Duluth on the train pulled by the Big Boy. Only 150 tickets are available for this event.

Union Pacific restored the No. 4014 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad’s completion. More than 50,000 people traveled to Ogden, Utah to see the engine make its inaugural run. The visit to Duluth will be the third stop of its Midwest tour.

The Big Boy’s BIG Facts:
– 133 feet long
– Weighs 1.2 million pounds
– 6,290 horsepower at 41mph
– ALCO Blt. in 1941 (One of only 25)
– Simple articulated 4-8-8-4


Jul 19, 2019
5:00 pm


Lake Superior Railroad Museum
506 W. Michigan St.
Duluth, MN 55812 United States
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